RANDOLPH, NJ- Mom, wife and Randolph resident Kady Zumwalt returned home on Wednesday after being away from her family for three years. She arrived back home to a series of signs and balloons that led from Sussex turnpike to their home, with a separate sign on each tree to spell out “Welcome Home Kady. We are so glad that you are home.”
Kady and her husband Jim Zumwalt moved from Illinois to Randolph in 2011 without any family living in the area. A job change for Jim prompted their move. Two months after arriving here, Kady suffered an Arterviovenous Malformation (AVM), which caused a hemorrhage in her brain that almost took her life.
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system. She had a second brain hemorrhage shortly after the first one, which set her back in her recovery. Her recovery has been slow and steady, and she has now progressed to the point of standing and taking a few steps. After 3 years of intense rehabilitation, Kady was finally able to come home.
The Zumwalts have 3 children, Rylan 3 years old (just about 2 months at the time of Kady’s hemorrhage), Evie seven years old and a 2nd grader at Shongum Elementary School and Wesley, 10 years old and a 5th grader at Shongum.
Jim has worked tirelessly to ensure that Kady receives the ultimate care for her condition so that she could return to her family.
Kady has endured multiple surgeries and multiple facility transfers since 2011. She spent a majority of her time away at Park Avenue Extended Care, a facility in Long Island. It was there she was administered a treatment protocol consisting of pharmaceuticals, vitamins and supplements, and neurostimulation prescribed by Dr. Fellus, Dr. Harper and Dr. Defina at the International Brain Research Foundation. This protocol really helped Kady turn the corner and make more progress. The doctors at IBRF have continually been optimistic about the potential for Kady’s continual improvement.
The Zumwalt house was been transformed in order to accommodate Kady’s living needs. Jim converted the basement of their home to serve as a living space for Kady, and an elevator is currently being installed so that she is able to go upstairs as well. Kady will have full time care at her home, and will remain home with her family.
Kady was really excited to return home, according to friend and neighbor Carol Monahan, and all of her friends and neighbors wanted to make it really special. Volunteers spent time decorating Sussex turnpike and the entrance to her neighborhood with colorful balloons and signs. The Randolph Community has been incredibly supportive of the Zumwalts, a great example of community coming together.
Monahan stated, “I’m so grateful for the very warm and caring parents at Shongum and Heritage Schools who joined together to decorate Kady’s ride home after 3 years and made it memorable. As we were putting the final touches on the posters on Musiker, I could see people slowing to read her welcome home messages and they were getting the excitement of the day.”
“Both Jim and Kady have been so unwavering in their focus to reunite Kady at home with her family. I am so happy that they are all back together under one roof.”
A facebook page update was set up for her by supportive neighbors three years ago to help raise money to defray her medical bills and keep the community updated. They can be followed at www.facebook.com/PrayForKady
Check donations (tax deductible) are preferred, as fees are deducted from all credit card donations. For donations - please make the check payable to "T-BIRD Foundation" and write "Kady Zumwalt" in the memo line. A personal note may be sent to Kady's family as well.
All donations can be sent to:
c/o Carol Monahan
P.O. Box 64
Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970
In a text later on Kady’s arrival day, Jim stated, "The decorations look great! It has helped make Kady's homecoming even more special. Thank you!"
Jim expressed that he would like the message to get out to the community to shed light on reasons people should remain optimistic about the potential for recovery from brain injury, and the importance of finding the right support and the right doctors. This has made all of the difference for Kady. Anyone interested can also find more details from their journey here: